Kirklees Council helps community buildings to recover with £500k of funding

We have provided almost £500k through our Community Buildings Recovery Grants scheme this summer, to support vital community buildings in local places across Kirklees.

What did the scheme offer?

The scheme offered grants of up to £20k for community and voluntary organisations who have lost significant income due to national lockdowns and local restrictions. We have supported 43 local organisations through this fund, with grants totalling £470,000. The aim is to help vital community organisations recover from Covid-19, so they can continue to be places that support local people.

Cllr Cathy Scott, Deputy Leader of Kirklees Council and Cabinet Member for Housing & Democracy said:

“Community organisations are incredibly important for people’s wellbeing. We wanted to make sure that community buildings can continue to be safe places for people to get together and enjoy activities as part of our recovery from Covid-19. The Community Buildings Recovery Grants have clearly mattered to the local organisations who are so fundamental for keeping people connected and safe. We’ll continue to work proudly alongside these dedicated and inspiring groups in our local places.”

Some of the grant recipients have explained how the funding is making a difference

Mary Mercer of Outlane Methodist Church said:

“We at Outlane Methodist church are looking forward to resuming as many of our former activities in the community as we can and making plans for going ahead with new ideas. We do not expect it to be easy but the boost given to our finances by the generous grant we have received has made such a positive difference to our situation.”

Deborah Hall from Howlands (Dewsbury and District League of Friendship) said:

“The pandemic had a devastating effect on our fundraising efforts and our income. This grant will help plug the gap in our finances so that we can resume the full services that we provide to our members and volunteers as soon as we can. As we are a base for other community groups and rent rooms to other organisations, the funding will also be of benefit to the wider community. “

John McKernaghan from The Brunswick Centre said:

“Receiving funding from the Community Buildings Recovery grant is so helpful. After a very difficult 16 months for the charity, this funding will hasten our ability to recover, allowing us to sustain our work and services for local people in need of support. Kirklees Council have been supportive throughout the pandemic and we’re grateful to them for the information sharing, advice, ongoing support and now this funding to aid our recovery.”

Bob Newton of the Southgate Theatre in Honley said:

“The pandemic had cut our income to zero, and the theatre was on the verge of closing for good. The community buildings recovery grant has changed this by giving us a much needed cash boost. Now the Show will go on!”

Revd. Ray Borrett, Minister for Cleckheaton Methodist Church, said:

‘As we’re reliant on community groups that hire our community centre, we have had to put off work that would have greatly impacted the people who we serve through the community centre positively. The grant awarded to us by Kirklees Council will allow us to develop the community centre further, with the additional benefits that a modern, safe, accessible community centre will bring to the communities around Cleckheaton Methodist Church.’

We are continuing to work closely with Third Sector Leaders Kirklees (who support local voluntary and community organisations), to listen to local groups and to understand what other support community organisations may need. TSL Kirklees are connecting people and organisations who can help each other. They can also signpost and share advice on all sorts of things, including training and funding opportunities.

Need support? 

Community organisations looking for support and advice can contact the council’s team via thirdsector@kirklees.gov.uk or visit the TSL Kirklees website.